Philippines’ lone entry, Agatha Christensen Wong, continues Wushu Federation Philippines’ tradition of excellence with bronze-medal performance in the taijijian event of the 1st Taolu World Cup recently held in Fuzhou, China, the seat of taolu (routine exercises).
Wong, an 18-year lass from Quezon City, was beaten out of the runner-up position by the slimmest of margin, 9.49-9.50, by Malaysian Lu Yi Chan. Hong Kong’s Suijin Chen claimed the gold medal with a score of 9.53.
Mentored by former taijiquan standout Bobby Co, Wong qualified for the World Cup to be staged biennially via a silver-medal showing in the last year’s World Wushu Championship where the country figured in a tie for 8th place with 2-2-1 medal tally.
Last September Wong, a third year student at De La Salle University also narrowly missed the silver medal in the 9th Asian Wushu Championship.
WFP president Tan She Ling said, “We are confident with the continuing support of Philippine Sports Commission Agatha will overtake her Malaysian rival to win the gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.”
Philippine Sports Commission-sponsored Wong barged into the international scene at 15, winning the taijiquan gold medal at the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championship. She captured the taijijian gold in the 6th Asean Schools Games a year after.
Wong capped her stint as junior by copping gold and bronze medals in the taijiquan 42 forms and taijijian 42 forms events, respectively, of the 8th Asian Junior Wushu Championships.
Earlier this month, Filipino athletes brought home a gold, two silvers and a bronze from the 8th Sanda World Cup.